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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588202
  • ASIN: B002IKLN9W
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Martin certainly knows a niche when he sees one, having previously cranked out manly guides on How to Mow the Lawn, How to Keep House and Bringing Up Baby. Here he gets to leave his family behind, traveling the country to explore 50 different dwellings. With its title and the unfortunate subtitle, it seems as if the book is being marketed to men who cannot commit and/or beer-guzzlers. In fact, it's a rather charming and generally un-brutish travelogue of dens that guys love, which fights hard to overcome Martin's occasional indulgence in puns and clichés. Each room of one's own is slotted into one of five categorical chapters. In the Collecting category there are gents who gather objects, large and small, into private sanctuaries—Larry Moellman in Camp Cole, Miss., for example, turned a bedroom in his 1880 farmhouse into a showcase for ornate fishing tackle. The chapter on Entertaining features an East Hampton, N.Y., man who converted his garage into a Japanese tearoom. "Real men really do drink tea," clunks the author. Martin also throws in various manspaces of cultural or historical importance. Harry Truman's presidential yacht gets a nod as, of course, does the Playboy Mansion. 300 color photos. (Oct.)
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"Hear, hear! Whether you've been relegated to a nook in the back of a closet or have already found your "space," Sam Martin's enjoyable book has something for all of us guys. Make your own wine, box in a garage gym -- take your pick, the vicarious fantasizing and inspirational motivation to do your own "guy thing" abound here. For us men, Martin's book is just what is the doctor ordered: the guy's answer to Sex and the City." --Will Staeger, executive producer of ESPN Original Entertainment and critically acclaimed author of Painkiller

"The greatest thing that author Sam Martin does with "Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory" is provide what should be inspiration not only to men but also to women. He shows how orderly, clever and downright beautiful a "manspace" can be, and that should appeal to women, who so often exercise veto power over male habitats. And to men, this book offers a collection of possibilities so broad and enticing that a guy may be tempted to let her have the rest of the property -- who cares? Just in case it's a hard sell, however, Martin, former editor of This Old House and Mother Earth News magazines, offers persuasion strategies for men.--Chicago Tribune

Whether it's a bachelor pad or a McMansion, a man's home is his and his alone--until his significant other moves in. At that point or quickly thereafter, the living room Barcalounger is relegated to the basement or donated to charity. Motorcycle posters are replaced by impressionist prints. Baby nurseries and sewing and laundry rooms usurp TV rooms. Cigar smoking is banned. Ditto for bowling trophies, pinball machines and baseball card collections. Oh, men are still allowed in the home, but their bachelor decor is history, and their manly territory transformed...At 218 pages, "Manspace" is about those spaces men have staked out for themselves. Some are elegantly designed, others are uniquely handmade. --Detroit News

There was a time when a man knew his place in the home. And usually, it was in the garage. But, you know, things have a way of changing. First women get to vote and now, apparently, men are clamoring for a sanctuary to call their own inside the actual house. In extreme cases, this can lead to rooms like the "Man Cave" at the 2006 Seattle Street of Dreams a manly underground retreat, part wine cellar, part sports bar, part nuclear-bomb bunker. And, of course, it can lead to a book."Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory," by Sam Martin (The Taunton Press, $24.95), is a virtual showcase of real men's special spaces.--Sandy Dunham, Seattle Times

Playpens for men. Yeah, we're fine with the blurred gender roles of modern times. But we still beat our chests over Sam Martin's book Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory (Taunton Press, Oct. 17). The guys whose personal space is explored in its photos don't settle for the basement or garage.--Christian Science Monitor

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I bought this book for my brother, he's in the Army.
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Even if you're not handy around the house, it's still a wonderful book to read and look through.
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A great collection that might give you ideas to create your own.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for a certain type of reader. Many years ago a classically trained psychoanalyst / psychiatrist told me that one of the great problems with people in our time was that people did not have their own personal space. He referred to it as sacred space. He felt that this was a particular problem for poor people because they were crammed into small spaces where people might have to share a bedroom, or literally live on top of one another. One of the solutions to this problem is to create a sacred space somewhere outside the home, such as a specific area of a park, or a lake.

What this book does is fill the gap of a man's need for sacred space. This space is different for all of us. The author Sam Martin has basically divided the book into five different sections, actually six. The first section is an overview of the concept of what the author is trying to achieve. The next five sections are the author's attempt to identify five different types of space.

The sections are 1) Collecting, 2) Entertaining, 3) Playing, 4) Sporting, and 5) Working. So here's the deal. This book is for men only, or a lady might purchase it as a gift for a man. Women are not going to love this book, it is a man's book, and men should buy this book for themselves.

Here's why you want this book if you are a man. Have you ever dreamed what it would be like if you could take a room in your home, or perhaps a cottage, and turn it into what ever your dream tells you to do. Perhaps as a child you loved fishing with your father. Now you have a chance to create a room with the most beautiful fishing gear. The type of equipment that as a child you could only dream about.

In my own case, as a child I dreamed of becoming an astronomer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
All I can say is that 'it's about damn time.'

Let's face it, any man soon learns, right after marriage, that the house belongs to the womenfolk. And there's no place for your neon lighted beer sign, keep your feet off the coffee table, and take that awful picture down.

My own thing was reloading ammunition. First you go shooting. Then you get some lead, melt it down, cast it into bullets, polish the brass, put in a new primer, power and crimp the bullet into place.

Like any hobby, after a few years you wind up with all kinds of equipment to do each special task. And there's all kinds of different powder, bullets, cases, gun cleaning equipment and just plain stuff. Wife is welcome to visit, especially if she brings beer. My seven year old daughter is welcome to visit at any time for any length of time, especially to sit on my lap as we reload together. Time spent with your seven year old on your lap is time very well spent indeed.

I don't want to do what most of the people in this book want to do, but that's OK. It's space away from the house. It's a little bit of the world where I can make a mess, I'll sweep it up eventually. You probably need a space like this also.

Now, where can I find one of those table lamps shaped like a woman's leg, wearing a high heel shoe and fishnet stocking like the one shown on the cover?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on January 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a great idea! This book celebrates special spaces in the home where a guy can hang out, show off his collection, or work on his hobby. Too often the wife dictates the decorating scheme for the house and the husband is left with only a bit of space in the garage that is HIS.

This book will start you thinking. Do you want a poker room, a place to display your fishing tackle, or a media room? How about a painting studio, a pool room, or a media room that looks like the inside of Star Trek's Enterprise? The book also features a music recording studio, an observatory, and an office patterned after a cabin in Wyoming. There are lots of photos showing more than fifty manspaces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger L Hayes on February 1, 2007
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A cool book to get ideas from. Fun to read. A lot of cats in the book obviously have much more disposable income than the average joe looking for a place to call their own but it has some cool ideas. Worth checking out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Merrill on January 18, 2007
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This book is filled with wonderful photographs of varios types of Man Spaces. It is well written and is easy reading. I purchased the book as a gift for my husband, but found it an appealing read for women, as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
ManSpace is a call to action for men: a call to build a 'personal space' outside of the usual woman-controlled home, where you can keep your stuff without fear of its being converted to a 'more useful' nursery or sewing room. MANSPACE: A PRIMAL GUIDE TO MARKING YOUR TERRITORY can be a recording studio, a workshop, or more. Men are invited to view sample houses and homes which reflect 'manspaces', from music rooms to campy man-oriented gadget-filled abodes. Samples from all types of 'manspaces' appear in full color and offer inspiration, insights and a range of options, making MANSPACE perfect for any general-interest lending collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Lowell on April 5, 2007
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An excellent book, long overdue. I highly recommend; you will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Umemoto on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
ManSpace book is an ideal match for the Christmas gift purchased for the man who has everything: my brother-in-law. ManSpace detailed out the recipient's living room: leather smoking chair, Bally Bikini pinball machine, 'Glowing Electric Sex' gift Leg Lamp featured on the book cover, and the perfect coffee table book.
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